The Little Engine That Could

Doesn’t it really look quite like it?

Manitou & Pikes Peak Steam Locomotive No. 1

From the railroad museum’s website: „M&PP No. 1 is a unique locomotive specially designed to climb steep mountain slopes with grades up to 25 percent. The underside is equipped with a toothed cog wheel. As the wheel turns, it connects to a stationary rack rail in the track, thus helping to pull a train up the mountain or provide braking on the way down.“

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    1. It’s an interesting concept, isn’t it? Luckily, „normal“ reailroads can’t manage steep grades. That makes my wife and me happy when we bicycle on rail trails. 😉 They only have very light grades. Good for our old legs! 😉

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